Who doesn’t dream of wandering the sun-drenched Greek Islands, or around the ancient Acropolis? Greece is one of the top travel destinations for those who are lovers of history, beautiful beaches, and natural beauty.

Figuring out where exactly to go in Greece, and where to stay, now that’s the trickiest part of the whole shebang. With so many incredible local accommodation options, figuring out lodging in Greece can be a bear, or should I say… a gorgon? Regardless, I’m here to help you figure out where to stay in Greece as well as revealing the best Greek accommodation options out there!

Whether you’re looking to visit the absolutely breathtaking cliff monasteries of Meteora or the iconic white and blue mountain villages of Santorini, I am here to hold your hand and pour you a shot of ouzo and reveal the best cities to stay in Greece!

As I’ve lived over a year of my life in Greece, and have traveled extensively there, I have your back and your best interests at heart! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share why I love Greece with you, and all the cities that I fell in love with. Ready to be swept off your feet? Let’s get to it!

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Welcome to Greece!

Where to Stay in Greece – Top Picks

Need somewhere to stay but don’t have much time? Here are my top picks for the best places to stay in Greece.

Top places to stay in Greece
Ahh Greece, there’s nowhere else like it…

Best Airbnb in Greece – Paris’s Central Studio – Ioannina

This two-bedroom and one-bathroom, centrally located studio in the charming town of Ioannina is a dream come true for travelers out there who are seeking to save some money while not sacrificing an ounce of luxury. This is definitely one of the best Airbnbs in Greece for those looking for traditional and affordable accommodation options.

Best Hostel in Greece – Rethymno Youth Hostel – Crete

The Rethymno Youth Hostel is one of my tried and true favorite hostels in Europe. I love the delicious mix of laid-back vibes paired with the social atmosphere. Plus, the streets that surround this hostel are drool-worthy— true Instagram heaven!

Best Hotel in Greece – Ilio Maris – Mykonos

Take me back to my slice of paradise at Ilio Maris! This hotel drips luxury and is one of the best hotels in Greece. What’s better than taking a dip in the turquoise waters of the swimming pool while watching the sunset over the Aegean sea, with a cocktail in hand? This hotel is certainly worth the splurge!

Greece Neighborhood Guide

Overall
Athens
Overall

Athens

With history, beaches and stunning nature, Athens is the overall best place to visit.

For Families
Ioannina
For Families

Ioannina

Located in the heart of Greece, Ioannina is close to stunning nature like Lake Pamvotida and is the best place to stay for families.

For Couples
Santorini
For Couples

Santorini

Full of cobbled streets and the world’s most incredible sunsets, Santorini is the perfect romantic setting for couples!

Budget
Thessaloniki
Budget

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and the perfect place to stay for budget travellers.

Coolest
Mykonos
Coolest

Mykonos

With tons of beaches, traditional whitewashed houses and amazing landscapes, Mykonos is one of the coolest places to stay in Greece.

Most Unique
Meteora
Most Unique

Meteora

Known for its unique rock formations that are home to Eastern Orthodox monasteries, Meteora is the most unique place to visit in Greece.

For Adventure
Crete
For Adventure

Crete

If you love scuba diving, you’ll want to head to Greece’s adventure capital of Crete.

Greek Island Life
Naxos
Greek Island Life

Naxos

A mountainous island with ancient ruins, Naxos is the best place to stay for Greek island life

If you find yourself backpacking through Europe and you’re looking for somewhere with gorgeous landscapes, tons of history, and delicious food – why not visit Greece? The country is a popular destination for couples, backpackers, and families, especially those who love nature and history.

To save you some stress, I’ve divided the country into the best areas, which should make it a bit easier for you to decide where to stay. If you’ve got enough time on your hands, why not visit all of them?

Greece is a diverse country with plenty to offer visitors! In general, staying on the Greek islands or by the coast will be more expensive, especially in the honeymoon capital of Europe, Santorini. The cobbled streets are lined with traditional whitewashed houses with blue rooftops. It has an abundance of fine-dining restaurants and has the best sunsets overlooking the Aegean Sea. This is why it’s my favorite place to visit for couples.

Athens is the capital city, and as such, it has the largest concentration of places to stay. It’s also home to the world-famous Acropolis and many other important Ancient Greek historical sites. It’s the gateway to the rest of Greece, especially for those backpacking Greece, so for that reason, it’s my overall favorite place to visit in Greece.

Map of Where to Stay in Greece
1.Athens, 2.Ioannina, 3.Santorini, 4.Mykonos, 5.Thessaloniki, 6.Meteora, 7.Crete, 8.Naxos (Locations in no particular order)

For families, Ioannina is easily one of the best destinations in Greece! It is surrounded by nature, which makes for the perfect setting to spend quality time with the family.

If you’re looking for somewhere with history, but with a more affordable price tag than Athens, then you’ll love Thessaloniki. Its proximity to the Turkey border means it has Ancient Greek and Ottoman history, plus it’s accessible by land.

If you love beaches and nature, Mykonos is the coolest place to visit. Being in the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, you can bet there will be warm weather all year round, and it’s also full of nightclubs and bars, which makes it a great place for nightlife too.

Crete is the adventure capital of Greece, with some of the best scuba diving options in the whole country. It’s also the gateway to other Greek islands like Milos and Paros. Meteora is one of the most unique places to visit; with its impressive rock formations and mountainous backdrop, it’s unlike anywhere else in the country. Naxos is a great place to visit if you want a quiet life on the Greek islands. It’s full of pristine beaches and quaint coastal towns.

The 8 Best Areas to Stay in Greece

Now that you’ve been introduced to the best areas in Greece to stay in, it’s time to look at my top recommendations for accommodation in Greece. If you’re looking for an apartment, hotel, or hostel in Greece, here are what I consider to be the best ones.

#1 – Athens – Overall Best Place to Stay in Greece

Where to Stay in Athens
Athens, Greece

Athens is a traveler’s dream come true! Positively steeped in history, Athens is bursting at the seams with ancient wonders to behold. It’s not just about the Acropolis. From Hadrian’s Library to the Roman Agora, to the Temple of Zeus, you’re going to have so much to see that you want to make sure you have enough time to do it! Marveling at the remains of these ancient temples and monuments is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Not only is Athens filled with historical wonders, but there’s also quite the hip scene going on there now. My personal favorites include doing things like enjoying unlimited spirit samples at the oldest bar in Athens, Brettos, and taking in the nighttime lights that spotlight the Acropolis from the top of Sky Bar.

Then, of course, there’s stopping by for snacks at family-run tavernas, or doing some touristy shopping around Monastiraki— which translates to ‘little monastery’ if anyone out there was wondering! The other great thing about the capital is all the day trips from Athens you can do too whilst based here.

Now that I’ve convinced you that the capital city of Athens is the place to be, let’s dig into where you should stay.

When looking at lodging in Greece, you won’t be at a loss deciding where to stay in Athens. There are plenty of places to stay at a wide range of prices. Don’t worry— I only picked the best of the best for you!

Best Airbnb in Athens – Urbanstudios Acropolis View

Go big or go home with this Athens apartment. Okay, it’s a small studio apartment that just fits two people, all cozy and snuggly. However, what I mean by big is that it offers a BIG view of the Acropolis from the private balcony! This chic little urban studio apartment in the heart of the popular and touristy area of Monastiraki puts you at the heart of it all. While there’s no kitchen, there is a mini-fridge and a tea kettle, plus a private bathroom.

Best Hostel in Athens – Mosaikon

While Mosaikon isn’t the cheapest of the cheap hostels out there, it’s mid-range and will definitely not disappoint. Mosaikon is known for its crisp, clean dorm rooms and for its unbeatable location. They’re located just 800m away from Syntagma Square, which is buzzing with top-notch bars and restaurants. Another highlight of Mosaikon Hostel? It has a rooftop terrace with beautiful views of the Acropolis. As if this hostel wasn’t already the best!

Best Hotel in Athens – Athens Lights

Athens Lights is situated right in the city center of Athens. With all the bells and whistles, and an affordable price tag, Athens Lights is one of my favorite spots when staying in Greece. I love the privacy, as well as the pristine clean rooms. The private balcony is a nice touch, stocked with some patio furniture to soak up some rays!

Things to See and Do in Athens:

  • Visit the iconic Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.
  • Take a guided tour of the ancient Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon.
  • Hike up to Lycabettus Hill.
  • Take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Delphi. 
  • Walk around the splendid National Gardens.
  • Cruise to Hydra island, one of the tiny islands in the Ionian islands.

#2 – Ioannina – Best Place to Stay in Greece for Families

Ioannina, Greece
The gorgeous landscapes of Ioannina!

Ioannina spreads around the lovely Lake Pamvotida in the center of Greece. There is even a small island at the center of the lake with the monastery of Saint Nicholas Philanthropinon sitting in the center. It’s just about a three to four-hour drive from both Athens and Thessaloniki. So it’s easily accessible if you rent a car, or by public transportation as well!

Given the serene scenery and the tranquility of the still waters of Lake Pamvotida, Ioannina is the best place to visit in Greece with your family in tow! The kids will love sitting in the castle of Ioannina, built-in 528 AD. It’s absolutely magical. The historical center of town is strictly pedestrian and has plenty of restaurants and museums that the kids will love. Maybe skip the frog legs and eel, though…

Ioannina is a quaint small town, that surrounds a lake. Given its size, you can bet your bottom dollar that there are some adorable places to stay in Ioannina. From gorgeously styled hotels to sweet studio apartments, you and your family will find your own slice of home in Ioannina.

Best Airbnb in Ioannina – Paris’s Central Studio

This Airbnb in Ioannina is perfect for you and your family. It is a two-bed and one-bathroom studio in central Ioannina that can comfortably fit four guests. It’s a bright and cozy space that is close to all you need. It’s exceptionally modern and beautifully styled! There is also an option to add a baby cot if you’re traveling with a young one.

Best Hostel in Ioannina – Backpackers and Travelers

This budget-friendly backpacker hostel recently opened in June 2019. It’s actually the only hostel, so far, in Ioannina. There are only six-bed dorms available, so dependent on the ages of your kids and the number of your kids, this hostel might be the perfect spot for you. This is a very homey and pleasant hostel with minimalist-style dorm rooms.

Best Hotel in Ioannina – Kentrikon

Kentrikon is located in the heart of Ioannina and is gorgeously styled. With natural stone walls and shuttered windows. It feels a bit like medieval times has met the modern world! The full American breakfast buffet is a huge perk too.

Things to See and Do in Ioannina:

  • Take a day trip to Tzoumerkas National Park.
  • Visit the stunning Lake Pamvotida.
  • Visit Central Zagori, known for its stone villages, bridges and Vikos canyon.
  • See the historic Castle of Ioannina.
  • Marvel at the impressive Perama Cave.
  • Learn about silversmithing at the Silversmithing Museum.

#3 – Santorini – Where to Stay in Greece for Couples

Where to Stay in Santorini
The famous Santorini sunsets…

When you think of the Greek islands, chances are you’re picturing Santorini. The picturesque white and blue houses that blanket the hillsides are to die for. I mean, really— they are drool-worthy! When you need a hefty dose of romance in your relationship, couples should book the next ticket to Santorini.

This magical island is not just filled with Instagram-heaven architecture, but with winding roads, ancient ruins, red beaches, and black-sand beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, head out to the Santorini Caldera on the boat, and walk along a volcanic crater!

When it comes to places to stay in Greece, you can’t really find more expensive Greece accommodation options than in Santorini. Yet, I’ve been there on two separate trips without breaking the bank. Staying in downtown Fira is the way to go, but it can cost a pretty penny! Don’t worry; I’ve got your budget friendly guide, friends.

Santorini is a bigger island than you might guess, but it’s all well connected with public transportation. Buses run many times a day, and tickets are reasonably priced, so don’t fear staying too close or too far away from your favorite sites, as there are lots to do in Santorini. These Greek accommodation options below are sure to help you and your beloved make a thousand memories…

Best Airbnb in Santorini – Santorini Seclusion

Located very close to downtown Fira, this Airbnb is quite the find. It’s within walking distance of the main bus station if you want to explore more of the island. Filled with thoughtful touches and a darling private balcony, guests are sure to feel right at home in this private room. Sign up for an unforgettable holiday in Santorini, couples!

Best Hostel in Santorini – Fira Backpackers Place

Fira Backpackers Place is located in a beautiful and iconic downtown Fira area. Whether you and your significant other want to pinch pennies and stay in the dorm rooms or get a private room at this hostel, you’re sure to be happy with your choice of staying here. My favorite part of this hostel is the outdoor swimming pool! There are also social areas, and a living room with a big tv and plenty of DVDs to pop in.

Best Hotel in Santorini – Cyclades Hotel

The Cyclades Hotel is located within walking distance of Fira and is also situated close to a bus stop. There are also restaurants, bakeries, and even a supermarket located nearby. It’s the perfect location for seeing the entire island of Santorini with ease! You can’t get a much better price for hotels in Santorini too.

Things to See and Do in Santorini:

  • Take a sunset Santorini Catamaran Cruise.
  • Check out the prehistoric village of Akrotiri.
  • Enjoy wine tasting at some of Santorini’s top vineyards.
  • Enjoy the sunset from Oia.
  • Bask on the black sand beach of Kamari beach.
  • Climb to the top of the Santorini Caldera.
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#4 – Thessaloniki – Where to Stay in Greece on a Budget

Where to Stay in Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, Greece.

Thessaloniki is the second biggest city in Greece, right after Athens. And it’s one of the best places to stay in Greece for those who are traveling on a budget. Crucially, Thessaloniki is very easy to get to and around: you don’t have to worry about island-hopping ferry tickets, there’s a large international airport, and there are many buses and trains. You can even take a night bus to and from Istanbul!

Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC and has lots of gorgeous landmarks to visit, from the White Tower to the Arch of Galerius to Aristotelous Square. As a port city, there aren’t any beaches, but there are plenty of relaxing waterfront restaurants to enjoy, and a long stretch of pavement to follow along the shoreline.

Also known as Greece’s cultural capital, staying in Greece wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Thessaloniki. There are plenty of art and film festivals, and other activities to enjoy.

Thessaloniki isn’t just about museums either: there are some cracking parties as well!

Of course, if you’re wondering where to stay in Greece on a budget, Thessaloniki is your answer! Thessaloniki has a burgeoning hostel scene and a pretty decent Airbnb scene too, so there are plenty of places to stay in Thessaloniki. You won’t have to splurge to stay in these fun spots.

Best Airbnb in Thessaloniki – Cozy Apartment in the Heart of Thessaloniki

If you are four friends who are looking for a modern apartment in the city center of Thessaloniki, this is a steal! It’s a one-bedroom apartment that has one bedroom and one comfy sofabed. It’s close to all public transportation as well as plenty of markets, restaurants, and cafes. You won’t worry about having to take a taxi when you rent this Airbnb. There’s also a kitchen, so you can save some dough, by cooking for yourself!

Best Hostel in Thessaloniki – Crossroads

Crossroads sits just ten minutes away from the city center, close to the Byzantine Walls. There are three different dorm rooms, and the dorm beds come in at a basement price! Known for its social atmosphere, you’re sure to make a friend or two at Crossroads.

Best Hotel in Thessaloniki – Pella

If you’re not looking to cram into a dorm room, while not breaking the bank, Pella Hotel is for you. This centrally located hotel comes at an affordable price point, all while allowing guests easy access to all the best things Thessaloniki has to offer— from the traditional markets to the byzantine castle!

Things to See and Do in Thessaloniki:

  • Bathe in the thermal baths of Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa.
  • Marvel at the iconic White Tower of Thessaloniki.
  • Take a day trip to Vergina and Pella.
  • Learn about Greek archeology at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.
  • Visit the Byzantine fortress of Heptapyrgion of Thessalonica.
  • Walk by the famous Arch of Galerius.

#5 – Mykonos – Coolest Place to Stay in Greece

Where to Stay in Mykonos
The amazing coastal towns of Mykonos!

Mykonos is hands down the second most popular Greek island. It’s known for its epic party atmosphere that even draws out celebrities on their enormous yachts.

Mykonos is fun-loving and fashionable, and packs quite the party punch. Trust me; I’ve done my time in Mykonos.

Of course, Mykonos is more than just a party spot. There are the famous windmills, the ruins of Delos, an archeological museum, and plenty of stunning and iconic white and blue architecture.

While there are plenty of fun spots to stay in Mykonos, the real place to be is at the heart of it all—namely, the beautiful and artsy commune of Chora, also called Mykonos Town.

As a party island, you don’t want to miss out on the social scene. I adore the MyCocoon Hostel with its fun style and vibes. But if you want a bit of a breather, an Airbnb might be for you. If you want a little of both, go to the Ilio Maris hotel.

Best Airbnb in Mykonos – Studio with Garden View

This Mykonos beach house Airbnb is in the perfect spot for accessing the beach, Chora, as well as the local bus! You’ll be just a couple of minutes’ walking distance from the main town. The room is simple and clean with modern amenities and has everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Best Hostel in Mykonos – MyCocoon Hostel

MyCocoon Hostel is situated in Kaminaki, that’s directly across the street from the pedestrian entrance to Mykonos Town. With a price tag like this, plus the uniquely designed furnishings and stylings of this hostel, MyCocoon is definitely the hostel to choose to stay in Mykonos. In fact, it’s one of the top places to stay in Greece!

Best Hotel in Mykonos – Ilio Maris

In my opinion, Ilio Maris is one of the best hotels in Greece. With gorgeous views of the famous windmills and over the sea, Ilio Maris is full of elegance and luxury. While the prices are double or triple what you’d pay at a hostel, if you want to splurge a little, this is the place to do it. Located in the center of Mykonos Town, this luxury hotel will sweep you off your feet.

Things to See and Do in Mykonos:

  • Enjoy the beach bars at Playa Ornos or Paradise Beach.
  • See the iconic Flour Mills of Mykonos.
  • Cruise to the two most iconic islands, Rhenia and Delos islands
  • Try windsurfing or kite surfing at Paralia Ftelias Beach.
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Kalafati Beach.
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#6 – Meteora – One of the Most Unique Places to Stay in Greece

Where to Stay in Meteora
Wow, Meteora, you don’t hold back!

While the name Meteora might not ring a bell, trust me, it’s a not-to-be-missed city. It’s one of the true gems of Greece. Meteora is known for its unique rock formations that are home to Eastern Orthodox monasteries which are built into the cliff-side rock formations themselves! These clifftop monasteries are one of the most unique things to witness and visit in all of Greece.

Located in central Greece, Meteora is just a train ride away from most major cities. While it can be done in a day trip from Athens, you’ll be happiest if you stay a night or two in Meteora and soak up all the beauty unrushed — or in a fog from waking up at 5:00 am to catch a train.

Let’s cover the best places to stay in the tiny town of Meteora. There’s only one real area of town to stay in, called Kalambaka, so you won’t get in a tizzy trying to weigh your options. Just pick from my list below and you’ll be as happy as a clam!

As Kalambaka is the place to stay in Meteora, it’s brimming with darling hostels, hotels, and Airbnb that have plenty of charm. Built to retain the historic nature of the city, you’ll find a mix of rustic and modern accommodation options. The ones below will all make you swoon!

Best Airbnb in Meteora – Escape to Meteora

Sneak away to this beautiful Airbnb in Meteora in the center of Kalambaka, enclosed by the Meteora rock formations themselves. With this rental, you will have the entire apartment all to yourself! It’s a beautiful blend of old meets new, so you can enjoy the traditional style with modern amenities.

Best Hostel in Meteora – Meteora Central Hostel

Meteora Central Hostel is located in the heart of the town, Kalambaka. It was actually recently opened, even though the house was built in 1950. You will love the brick and stone walls and beautiful wood floors. The furniture and furnishings are all brand new and are definitely up to snuff! There is also a small green backyard outside that is perfect for doing some morning yoga, or just for enjoying a cup of tea.

Best Hotel in Meteora – Mythos Guesthouse

The Mythos Guesthouse is a great choice in Meteora if you don’t want to break the bank but still want a central, quiet, clean, and charming location. It’s great value for your money! The rooms have a lovely little balcony that offers a great side view of the rock formations.

Things to See and Do in Meteora:

  • Hike up to the Monastery of the Holy Trinity at Meteora.
  • Watch the amazing sunsets.
  • Try your hand at scrambling around Meteora’s tallest rock formations.
  • Visit the 14th century monastery; Monastery of Varlaam.
  • See The Great Meteoron Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour.
  • Learn about the history and environment of the area at the Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum.
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#7 – Crete – Where to Stay in Greece for Adventure

Where to Stay in Crete
Crete is home to the best diving in Greece.

One of the top places to stay in Greece for adventure is the beautiful Greek island of Crete. It’s the largest Greek island and has a ton to offer! I spent three months there scuba diving, and trust me, if you’re in Greece and are hungering for a hefty dose of adventure, head on over to Crete.

With Evelin Dive Center, located near Rethymnon, I dove into underwater caves filled with prehistoric mammoth bones! Talk about adventure, right? If diving isn’t for you, then you can always go hiking in the Samaria Gorge or learn how to parasail or kitesurf right on the Aegean Sea.

There are three main cities on the island that travelers usually choose to stay in: the largest and busiest city of Heraklion, the smaller and more beautiful city of Chania, or the gem of them all— Rethymno. Rethymno is very picturesque and puts you right in between the two larger cities of Chania and Heraklion. So you’ll be sitting pretty in the heart of it all!

As the largest island in Greece, there is plenty to do on Crete for the thrill-seekers out there. Trust me; there are more than just archeological sites and pristine beaches in Crete!

Best Airbnb in Crete – Luxurious Family Apartment

This family apartment offers breathtaking views of the Old Town of Rethymno, and of its castle as well. It is a three-bedroom and two-bathroom apartment that can sleep a total of seven guests. So if you and your other adrenaline junkie friends are traveling as a group, this is definitely the best place for you! You’ll love the private terrace, filled with plants and wooden armchairs. Also, there’s a big kitchen, where you and your friends can whip up family meals!

Best Hostel in Crete – Rethymno Youth Hostel

Rethymno Youth Hostel can’t be beaten when looking for where to stay in Crete. There is a tiled courtyard perfect for sunbathing, a patio for playing cards, and plenty of opportunities for socialization! Situated in the heart of Old Town, you’re sure to love staying in this neck of the woods.

Best Hotel in Crete – Hotel Ideon

The island hotels in Greece, and definitely in Crete, are known for being a bit on the opulent side of things. Therefore, it’s easy to spend more money on a hotel than you want to. However, at Hotel Ideon, you get maximum comfort at an affordable price. At Hotel Ideon, you’ll be in the center of Rethymno, have access to private pools and a pool bar, and you’ll get a delicious buffet-style breakfast to boot!

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#8 – Naxos – Where to Stay in Greece for Greek Island Life

Where to Stay in Naxos
The amazing sunsets of Naxos…

Naxos is a fertile and mountainous island with beautiful ancient ruins. There’s even a 13th-century hilltop castle to tour. However, during the summer high season, Naxos turns into quite a party scene with plentiful bars, nightclubs, and bouzoukis. You can hear all kinds of music, from jazz to Greek music to hip-hop.

Now now, there might be something that I have yet to mention yet that is glaringly obvious. Naxos has the most beautiful beaches! Inarguably, the most beautiful beach is Agios Prokopios Beach which is just 6km from Naxos town. It’s known for its beautiful golden sands and sparkling turquoise waters. There are also plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas to enjoy a cocktail under!

Agios Georgios Beach is just 2km from Naxos Town and is very popular with windsurfing, and with people in general, given its proximity to the main town. Then, of course, there are the perfect snorkeling waters of Asia Anna Beach with its charming fishing port. Let’s not forget to mention the more quiet beach of Plaka, which is crowd-free.

If you want to experience the best Greek beach life, stay in Naxos and you’ll soak up the beautiful sunshine while relaxing on the powdery Greek sands. Oh, Greek island life is simply divine!

Staying close to Agios Georgios Beach, also called St. George Beach, is the way to go, as you’ll be closest to the best restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes, and all the fun. You’ll also be in a good spot to hop on public transportation to check out the other beautiful beaches. Soak up the three beautiful accommodation options below and choose the one that’s right for you! They are also brimming with charm and allow you the best access to the beach.

Best Airbnb in Naxos – Nikiforos Apartment

This one-bedroom and one-bathroom private studio apartment is perfect for the solo-travelers or couple-travelers out there who want some peace and quiet, paired with private beach access. Just 150 meters from St. George Beach, and a 10-minute walk from Chora Beach and the castle. There is also a supermarket, cafe, bakery, and plenty of restaurants in the neighborhood!

Best Hostel in Naxos – Villa Kelly Apartments

While Naxos is a little behind the times and doesn’t have any hostels actually in operation yet, I would love to recommend the Villa Kelly Apartments for their budget-friendly prices and for their bright, sunny rooms. It’s also just a seven minutes walk from St. George Beach!

Best Hotel in Naxos – Sweet Home Naxos

Just a few minutes walk from St. George Beach, Sweet Home Naxos is a beautiful family-run hotel that is sweetly styled. It’s modern, crisp, and clean while still having just a bit of Greek flair! I’m sure you’ll love sitting on the patio and enjoying easy access to the sandy beach from here.

Things to See and Do in Naxos:

  • Take a day trip to the small island of Ano Koufonisi.
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Agios Prokopios Beach.
  • Take a sailing tour to the small islands in the Cyclades.
  • See the ancient ruins of the Temple of Demeter.
  • See the unfinished marble statue of Apollonas Kouros.

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Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Greece

As home to the gods, goddesses, and the mighty Olympians, Greece is a special place. From the underwater caves ready for you to explore in Crete to the beautiful beaches of Naxos to the windmills of Mykonos, I’m sure that wherever you choose to go, you’ll leave a bit of your heart behind in Greece.

Yeah, Greece can be expensive, but those budget places are going to keep your money in your pocket (spend it on the other Greek islands instead!).

Whether you are seeking out thrills or quiet vibes, ritzy hotels, or backpacker hostels, I hope that you found my guide of use! After spending over a year of my life in Greece, I’m gearing up for my next summer trip back to Greece. Catch you on the beach, somewhere, dear readers!

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Mykonos, Greece

Updated December 2022 by Megan Christopher


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